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Ryze Renewables and Phillips 66 partner in Nevada renewable diesel projects

In the United States (US), Ryze Renewables LLC, has announced that construction is underway for two renewable diesel production facilities in Nevada. Once operational, these plants will produce 11 000 barrels per day (BPD) of high-cetane renewable diesel fuel from agricultural oils and animal fats, using a patented hydrogenation technology developed by Ryze that says is "more efficient" than current conversion processes.

Ryze Renewables is retrofitting two biodiesel plants in Nevada – Reno and Las Vegas (above) – to produce renewable diesel and has partnered with Phillips 66 that will supply the feedstock and off-take for the product. The facilities are being repurposed with the necessary additional infrastructures and proprietary hydro-processing equipment to produce a combined total of 11 000 barrels per day take of drop-in renewable diesel (photo courtesy Ryze Renewables).

According to a statement August 27, when completed, the two Ryze Renewables facilities are expected to produce a combined 11 000 barrels per day (BPD) of renewable diesel fuel for Western US and Canadian markets. Both plants are existing biodiesel plants that are being retrofitted with the necessary additional infrastructures and hydro-processing equipment.

We are excited to be building the next generation of renewable fuel plants. The output of these facilities will help businesses and motorists achieve the ever-increasing demand for renewable fuels on the West Coast, said Matt Pearson, Managing Director of Ryze Renewables.

For this project, Ryze Renewables has partnered with Phillips 66 Company, an energy manufacturing, and logistics company. Through a long-term supply and offtake agreement, Phillips 66 will supply both plants with feedstock and move 100 percent of the renewable product from the plants to customers in West Coast markets.

These innovative Nevada plants are strategically located to provide our western customers with an efficient, reliable source of renewable diesel fuels, said Brian Mandell, senior vice president, Marketing, and Commercial, Phillips 66.

Renewable diesel fuel is a “drop-in” fuel that does not need to be blended with traditional diesel like current biodiesels. Additionally, producing renewable diesel has lower overall emissions than other biofuels, which translates to a low carbon intensity (CI) score and maximizes the low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) credit from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

The first plant in Reno is expected to come online in mid-2019, while the second facility in Las Vegas will become operational starting in early 2020. Construction of the two plants is expected to create more than 750 construction jobs, and once completed, will add more than 140 permanent full-time positions in the Reno and Las Vegas areas.

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